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Episode 301: Systemic Racism

What is “systemic racism”?

We are hearing more and more about the “systemic racism” inherent in this institution or that occupation or in America as a whole. But what does this mean?

If you ask for a definition, you might just be called part of the problem (and/or a racist, because of course). You might get some generalization, but specifics seem hard to come by.

Matthew Franck wrote an article about systemic racism that had some interesting thoughts on the subject, and gave me some ideas as well. That’s what this episode is about.

Mentioned links:

Racism Is Real. But Is “Systemic Racism”?

2 L.A. deputies shot in ‘ambush’ attack recovering after surgery

List of police reforms related to the George Floyd protests

Shooting of Breonna Taylor

Black Americans Want Police to Retain Local Presence

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Filed under: Race Issues

Episode 300!

For episode 300, I asked for questions about the podcast and me. I got a response with many good questions, and I’ll be answering them in this episode.

Then I go on to answer questions about me that I didn’t get asked but that I thought might be interesting to you.

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Episode 15: Decoding DC, Romney’s Taxes, and Some Speech is More Free Than Others

Episode 22: Listener Feedback – Calling Me Out on Ban Ki Moon

Geocaching

What’s neXt?

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Filed under: AbortionEconomics & TaxesElectionsReligionSocialism

Nope, they’re not the same

The largest study of transgender people, and how gender surgery affects their mental health, has reversed it’s results. The original study said that such surgery was helpful to their mental health. That was covered by the news media. But 10 months later, it turns out that the results were not as they were sold. Has that been covered?

Dan was the last of his kind, but now he’s been cast aside. What was it that caused his demise?

Many of my friends on Facebook have been conflating absentee ballots with all-mail (or universal mail-in) ballots. They are not the same, and yes they do have serious fraud risks. That’s not just me saying it.

Mentioned links:

American Journal of Psychiatry retracts claim that sex-change surgery helps patients’ mental health

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

Episode 192: The Transgender Suicide Epidemic [Consider This]

Google News search for “Bränström Pachankis”

Farewell to the Pro-Life Democrats

8 Key Points to Distinguish Absentee and All-Mail Voting

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Filed under: AbortionElectionsHuman SexualityTransgender

BLM demands

The Black Lives Matter organization is starting to make demands of businesses. If any business doesn’t comply, BLM will make every effort to send their customers elsewhere. Perfectly legal, but a shakedown nonetheless.

When they started taking down statues they said that they weren’t trying to erase history. But now leaders in one state want to do that; get rid of history textbooks until one that is not “unfair” to women and minorities can replace it. But these days, you must ask what “unfair” means.

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BLM issues demands for cut of Louisville business profits, threatens boycotts, sit-ins

Chicago-Area Leaders Call for Illinois to Eliminate History Classes [Bad headline; not calling for eliminating classes, just textbooks]

Vermont farmer returns prosthetic leg that skydiver lost during jump

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesEducationRace Issues

Can we have one?

When Barack Obama was elected President, many of us were looking forward to that honest conversation about Race that we had needed for so long. Did we have it, because I don’t remember it, and based on what’s happening today, lots of people don’t either.

The media is supposed to speak truth to power. But what happens when they instead speak slander to a teenager? The answer is that is costs half a billion dollars. And counting.

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Maybe we can deal with race relations seriously next time?

Dozens Gather In MAGA Hats In Hopes Washington Post Will Defame Them So They Can Become Millionaires

Washington Post settles Nicholas Sandmann defamation lawsuit in Covington Catholic High School controversy

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro bitten by ostrich-like bird during coronavirus quarantine

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Filed under: MediaRace Issues

Coleman Hughes

This time out, I’m presenting an article written by Coleman Hughes. It’s called “Stories and Data: Reflections on Race, Riots, and Police”. It’s his story, where he looks at the stories and data behind police shooting, and draws conclusions straight from them.

Mentioned links:

Stories and Data: Reflections on race, riots, and police

ColemanHughes.org

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Filed under: GovernmentLaw EnforcementRace Issues

Hamilton faces the Cancel Culture

Conservative speakers at college campuses have been dis-invited, turned away by the mob, or required extra security (at the speaker’s expense) to deal with the cancel culture. CEO’s have stepped down, and Republicans have been shown the door in restaurants, but the Left was fine with this.

Then they came for “Hamilton”, and some on the Left grew a spine. Welcome to those of us fighting for free speech. I hope it lasts.

Mentioned links:

‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds To ‘Cancel Hamilton’ Criticism

J.K. Rowling Smeared As Transphobe, ‘Canceled’ After Saying Biological Sex ‘Is Real’

A Letter on Justice and Open Debate

JK Rowling, Over 100 Others Sign Letter Condemning Cancel Culture. One Caves, Apologizes. Rowling Responds.

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Filed under: Cancel CultureFree SpeechTolerance and Diversity

Episode 294: Redefining Words Redefines Law

Neil Gorsuch

The Supreme Court did it again. Once, they created a “right” to abortion out of whole cloth. Another time, they redefined the word “marriage”. Now they’ve redefined the word “sex” in such a way that it could very well bleed through to other parts of law and culture.

Is this how a “representative republic” is supposed to work? (Hint: No.)

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Quote by James Madison

A Dilemma for Gorsuch’s Core Reasoning in Bostock

Alito: Court’s ‘Preposterous’ Trans Ruling Threatens Religion, Speech, Privacy, and Safety

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Filed under: HomosexualityHuman SexualityJudiciaryTransgender

George Floyd

The police brutality that killed George Floyd has brought to the forefront many issues that we must deal with. Most of these we all agree on. But what started out as unifying turned into riots.

In this episode I discuss George Floyd’s death, the protests, the riots, questions of systemic racism, and how we can move forward from here. On the way I ask a few questions that really require an answer.

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What are the Differences in Degrees of Murder?

It’s Past Time to Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops

This Is Easy: Don’t Excuse, Defend, or Encourage Rioters

Opinion: A humble request for those of us who believe that black lives matter

Democrats have run Minneapolis for generations. Why is there still systemic racism?

What you need to know about plans to defund Minneapolis police

Minneapolis City Council resolves to replace police with community-led model

It’s Official: Minneapolis City Council Votes Unanimously to Abolish Police

The Strongest Support for School Vouchers Comes from Lower-Income Families

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Filed under: Coronavirus (COVID-19)MedicineRace Issues

Trump isn’t alone in outrageous statements

We seem to be in a time of more and more outrageous statements by our politicians. Some blame Donald Trump for this, but really it’s been happening for a very long time.

And listener Susana has some thoughts about how she’s surviving this pandemic.

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Mama Dinosews

Donald Trump Says He ‘Could Shoot Somebody’ and Not Lose Voters

We Should Take Women’s Accusations Seriously. But Tara Reade’s Fall Short.

After Black Trump Supporter Calls Trump ‘First Black President,’ CNN Contributor Throws ‘Uncle Tom’ Slur at Supporter

The Minority Minority

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Filed under: Coronavirus (COVID-19)MedicinePartisanshipRace Issues

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